Phillips seizes second successive title
Daniel Phillips captured a second singles title in a week after winning the boys’ under-14 division at the Junkanoo Bowl in Nassau, Bahamas, yesterday.
The No 1 seed lived up to his ranking, dispatching Jaden De La Fuente, of Curaçao 7-5, 7-5 on the hard surface the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
Phillips and De La Fuente were then crowned doubles champions by default after one of their opponents failed to show up for the final.
Phillips went into the tournament with plenty of momentum after clinching the boys’ under-14 title of the TIHTA Aruba Tournament last week.
The 13-year-old, who attends the Rafa Nadal Academy in Majorca, is playing in the Cotecc Under-14 circuit and will look to extend his impressive win streak at the Jamaica Junior Tournament in Kingston to be held from July 9 to 15.
He is also scheduled to compete at the Dominican Republic Copa Merangue from July 16 to 22. Meanwhile, Bermuda advanced to the semi-final of the Under-12 World Junior Team Championships in the Dominican Republic after prevailing 2-1 against Jamaica yesterday.
Cooper McGuire gave Bermuda early control of the best-of-three series after coming from a set down to beat Mathew James 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening singles match.
Antonio Warner then sealed Bermuda’s victory at the first attempt after prevailing against Kaiel Casserly 6-4, 6-2 in the remaining singles match.
Bermuda were denied the sweep after Andrew Phillips and Warner lost against Jamar Parkinson and Casserly in the doubles match 3-6, 6-4, 9-11.
“Today was to decide who would come top two in the group to make it to the semi-finals,” Gavin Manders, the Bermuda coach, said. “It’s a big win for Bermuda to beat Jamaica to move on to the next stage of the competition.”
Manders was particularly pleased with McGuire who prevailed against a tough opponent.
“Cooper really stepped up his game to beat a very good opponent,” he said. “I was extremely proud of the way he fought and his match was by far the highest quality match of the day. He truly showed how much it means to him to represent his country and fight for the team. He listened to the advice I gave him on court and implemented the game plan to a T.
“Antonio took the court next and brought it home for us today. Quality was lower but a win is a win.”
Bermuda will come up against the Dominican Republic A team, Puerto Rico and the winner between Cuba and the Dominican Republic B team in the next round of the tournament.
“This is a great learning experience for the boys,” Manders said. “I am giving them all the knowledge and advice they need to compete at their full potential.”